Introduction to Chebe

Chebe Powder, The Long Kinky Hair Secret from Africa

Hola Queens ( oh how i missed saying that ),

I have been trying different things with my hair in the month of July. I think there is so many methods and different treatments from different parts of the world. Have you heard of Chebe Powder before?

Have you been curious about trying Chebe? Want to try it on but you don’t know where to start?


What is Chebe?

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Chebe is mix of herbs created by Chadian Women. The mixture is made of Lavender Groton ( which is grown everywhere in africa), Cloves, Reisin Tree, Cherry seeds, Prunus Mahaleb – which these are known to aid to hair growth, thickness and moisture retention. Chebe lengthens the hair making the hair look longer and fuller.

Chadian have been able to grow their hair below their bum and they claim is the chebe powder and their application that keep them locks growing. When I was doing my research on Chebe, the results kept me shoooook, and all I could think about was ” I need to start this ASAP”.

Chebe Powder Hair Growth Powder Plus Indian Gooseberry – S and M Desirables  Apparel

Chebe is not applied to the scalp but rather the hair since it is a potent mix of herbs and it might irritate the scalp, it is applied on the hair itself to nourish the locks. Chebe works better when tucked away in a low manipulation style aka braids/twists. I prefer braid as it keeps everything in and its neater.


Benefits

Length Retention
Balances the Ph of hair shaft
Moisture Retention
Contains Anti Inflamatory Properties
Reduce Shedding

Hair growth

Chadian woman have long, black and thick hair using this method, but if Chebe is not supposed to be applied on the scalp, how can it promote hair growth?

Our hair is always growing, and what most of us struggle with is length retention. Applying the chebe to the hair and tucking it on braids, it keeps the hair protected even if the hair is in contact with cotton or other harsh fabrics. Which puts less stress on the ends of our hair, which will keep them moisturised and healthy. The ends of our hair need to be taken care of on a daily basis.

Chebe powder is used by thousands of people worldwide who attest to helping their hair retain lengths and get thicker.


Traditional Application

Only 2 products needed : Chebe Mix, Oil/Grease & Water. Traditionally use Karkar oil.

  • Separate the hair into medium sections.
  • Get the hair wet with water – ensuring the hair is not soaking wet but wet enough for the cuticles to be open. Detangle that section.
  • Alternating between the chebe and the oil/grease until the hair is fully saturated and braid the section of hair.
  • Repeat in all sections.
  • Apply the water in the hair to lock it off
  • Repeat set 3 every 3-5 days until the hair is due for a wash.

Modern/Easier Application

There are a few application that makes it easy for modern day application of chebe powder. Most of us live in a city and have jobs, and Chebe can make your hair look like its dirty.

I recommend these applications if you have never tried Chebe Powder before, since it’s an introductory level and all natural recipes and it will not be overwhelming for you.

Chebe Paste
  • In a bowl mix chebe powder, deep conditioner, preferred oil and preferred grease.
  • Spray hair with water and detangle
  • Apply to the hair and braid
Chebe overnight mask

There are many different combinations you can do for a chebe mask. Whatever you have at home, what ever your hair needs at the time you can use Banana, Avocado, Honey, Oils, Aloe Vera Gel, Egg, and Chebe Powder. Use all or use selected ingredients and blend it. Your hair will feel stronger and softer – extremely soft

Chebe butter

Chebe butters have become a much easier and neater way to apply Chebe, benefit from the properties but still have your hair look nice whilst having it on.

Chebe, Shea Butter/Mango Butter + Coconut Oil or/and Olive Oil


Have you ever used chebe ? How was your experience ? – Let me know in the comments

Will you try it? Or are you skeptical? I want to know your thoughts. I will be trying out chebe the traditional way and seeing if my hair improves from it.

Adios Queens ❤

Say Goodbye to Dry Hair with these 2 Prepoo Recipes

Hola Queens,

After the last 2 post on what is prepoo and how to prepoo , its only right I share my top Pre-poo recipes. There are many reasons why you should prepoo but only you know your current hair struggles, but I guarantee there is a prepoo recipe that will contribute to solving your problem out. Some of the Benefits of Prepoo include:

  • Hydration & Moisture Retention
  • Boost Conditioner Benefits
  • Strengthens hair
  • Easier to manage and detangle
  • Reduce breakage & shedding
  • Protects the hair from Shampoo by reducing the pH
  • Save Time & Water

In this Post I will share two of the prepoo mixtures that allowed my hair to retain extra moisture and leave me stress free during the week.

1. Hot Oil Mix

If your hair is in need of deep moisture penetration, the most effective way to prepoo will be by using Oils. Oils stick to the hair cuticle making it harder to wash away and it repairs hair from dryness, breakage and chemical/heat damage. Different oils have different benefits such as Growth, Strength Or Shine. You can use only one oil if that oil works best for your hair. I have used Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) , Olive oil or Aloe Vera Oil and I recommend them for prepoo as it will leave your hair feeling nourished.

But I am extra, and I want my hair to be extra also so I do a mixture of oils – if you gonna go through the trouble of doing a hot oil it might as well be a mixture. This is a oil combination I recommend as a Prepoo:

Holy Grail Mix – when you try this you will know why its the holy grail.

Moisture on Beast Mode Mix

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Seed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Simple but Mighty Mix

  • Aloe Vera Oil
  • Jamaican/Haitian Black Castor Oil
Preparation
  1. Boil some water and put that water on a big bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl put your mixture of oils
  3. Put the oil bowl on top of the bowl with water for it to melt ( using the bain-marie method)
  4. Add your mixture into a applicator bottle and Prepoo away (you can find detailed post on how to maximise your prepoo here)
  5. Remember to allow minimum 30 minutes for the mixture to penetrate your hair shafts
  6. When removing the prepoo, shampoo twice to ensure hair is clean and grease free.

Note : For the measurements, I leave it up to you – only you know what oils your hair loves most. But for reference the order I wrote the ingredients is from biggest to smallest – so for instance in the first mix I put more olive oil than I’d put JBCO.

Aloe Vera Leaf + Fenugreek Seeds Prepoo

This is my go-to Prepoo recipe. I cannot even express how much I love this recipe. It is foolproof and you see results instantly I feel like. There isn’t a better combination when it comes to Prepoo, specially if you want to keep it all natural.

Aloe Vera is the real goat in this mixture as its good for literally anything. Benefits of Aloe Vera:

  • Promotes Hair Growth
  • Increases Moisture
  • Promotes Softer + Shinier Hair
  • Natural Conditioner
  • Rejuvenates hair by strengthening & repairing
  • Prevents Itchy Scalp
  • Reduces Inflammation & Dandruff
  • Increases elasticity & prevents breakage

Fenugreek Seeds is an amazing hidden not-so-hidden secret from India. It has many benefits for the body & hair. These include:

  • Restores Luster
  • Hair Growth
  • Reduce dandruff & scalp irritation

These two ingredients together are like meant to be and that is why you need to try this prepoo.

Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Aloe Vera Leaf

Note: use 1 cup of water if you do not have aloe vera juice.

Preparation

  1. Mix the fenugreek seeds, aloe vera juice & water in a spray bottle
  2. Leave the mixture to infuse for minimum 2 hours. I recommend leaving it for 6 hours.
  3. The fenugreek seeds will have sprouted.
  4. Cut the small spines out and cut the Aloe Vera in half and into smaller pieces (as shown in the picture above)
  5. Section your hair between 4-8 parts. I recommend 6 parts+ as it ensures every strand is coated.
  6. Apply the spray from roots to ends & detangle
  7. Apply the Aloe Vera from roots to ends concentrating in the roots and ends ( these need extra love)
  8. Twist the section & proceed to the next
  9. Apply the Aloe Vera all over the scalp once you finished twisting all sections
  10. Apply plastic cap & allow the mixture to sit on your hair for minimum 30 minutes.

These are the two prepoo recipes that I know have worked for my hair, try it and share the results with me. I would love to know how you found it.

Let me know if you’d like to see a demonstration of how to apply these for the ultimate moisture retention !

Adios Queens ❤

Day 1: Setting goals for natural hair

Hola Queens,

For day one of the #selfcarechallenge created by me, we need to set up a hair goal, I’m sure you already have your own hair goals but this should be a short-term that fits into your long-term goal.

There are many factors that play into successful goals and how to set and reach them. I recommend breaking the Month of July into 5 weeks and set your hair regimen for each week and ensuring you do something to contribute to your hair goals. For example if you want your hair to grow that means your ultimate goal is Long Hair, to achieve that you should set short terms goals such as keeping protective styles and low manipulations styles for 1-2 weeks and just moisturising it. Low manipulations hairstyles can take a long time and it requires patience but you can do it.

If you have a goal of reducing shedding perhaps you could commit 4 weeks to a method and see if it works, you could try Tea Rinses and Rice Water and see if the shedding is reduced.

For this month I want to create DIY hair mask for every wash day, I deep condition every time I wash my hair as I find it works best for my hair otherwise my hair is super dry and rough. I will post about the mask I’ll do. I usually alternate between a nourishing mask, moisturising and strengthening mask. My ultimate goal is healthy hair & growth , and my hair is the healthiest when is nourished from inside out. Proper Hydration is imperative for hair growth and length retention.

Let me know what your hair goal for the month is, remember to keep it realistic and do not put too much pressure on yourself. I recommend getting a journal where you can document your journey – your frustrations, your small achievements and products who work and do not work .

Remember to tag me in any of your selfies or #selfcarechallenge check using @thelenalogy on instagram.

Let’s all work together and motivate each other.

How to Pre-poo

Holaa Queens

By now we all know what Pre-poo is, but how do you incorporate it into your wash day? How do I create it and what am I supposed to do? Don’t worry, I got you covered sis .

How to Pre-Poo

You will start with dry hair, and you will separate your hair into 4-8 parts – I have thick hair and the front part of my hair has to be divided into 2 ( adjust the parting to your hair thickness & whats manageable to you). Going section by section you will apply your Pre-poo concoctions to your hair and use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to detangle & you going to make sure its well coated and twist that section of your hair.

You can leave the mixture for as long as you would like, but I recommend minimum 30 minutes to allow the nutrients to penetrate through the hair shaft. I also recommend using a plastic cap to trap the moisture in or use a hooded dryer.

Ways to Pre-Poo

Overnight

Easily the best way to Pre-poo is overnight as it allows the hair to thoroughly absorb the nutrients and active properties of the conditioning method.

You can apply the mixture to the hair and twist, braid or bantu knot the hair to retain the moisture and keep hair from matting up, and put a plastic cap and tie it down with a scarf to ensure the plastic cap does not come out during sleep.

If you choose to do an Oil Pre-poo, I highly recommend using a plastic bag as you can tie it down to ensure it wont come out at night – the last thing you want is your your pillowcase and pillow to get stained ( I’ve been there too many times)

Hooded Dryer

This is the fastest way to ensure your hair is absorbing all the nutrients in a short amount of time, you really only need 15-30 minutes. Heat allows the hair shaft to open up for easy penetration, improved moisture retention, it improves elasticity which reduces breakage and leaves hair extra smooth.

I recommend this for low porosity as heat allows the cuticle layers to open and lift and ensure the strands are nourished from within

Plastic Cap/plastic bag

This is the most practical way as it just requires a plastic cap. If you do not like overnight mask then I recommend doing this in the morning, to allow time for the Pre-poo to penetrate the hair.

Do not think that you have to sit there whilst Pre-Pooing, you could still get things done sis. Jazz up your look by wearing a turban/ head wrap on top of the plastic cap and running your errands – nobody will notice you have a plastic cap underneath & you will receive many compliments and looks. Yesss, Slay sis !

I recommend going on a walk, or even the gym or just working out at home as it will make your blood flow to the head and it will make your scalp increase temperature for faster absorption

I hope this post has helped you understand how you can Pre-Poo and make the most out of it. Please try a Pre-poo method, as it will change your life and you will never look back.

Have a good week Queen